Articles: Press Release
Allison Springer and Craig Thompson to Host Week of Eventing Training and
Upperville, VA. January 19, 2009
International eventing duo, Allison Springer and Craig Thompson will offer
their first-ever Aiken Eventing Camp at Shadow Lane Farm, in Aiken, SC, February
1-6, 2009. A barn-full of talented horseman and well-known
professionals will offer their services during this fun week of learning and
Hosted in the middle of Aiken's winter eventing schedule, the camp will
blend lessons, demonstrations, lectures and educational activities, culminating
in the opportunity to compete at the Sporting Days Horse Trials. Top-notch facilities,
meals, and good company will make for a great week.
"We are excited to be presenting this new camp and invite riders to contact
us as there are still places available," said Allison.
Work with Top Trainers
is one of the most successful riders in our country today, finishing out her
successful year with her two upper-level partners Arthur and Destination Known
as a Top Ten USEA Rider of the Year, rider of the runner-up USEA Horse of the
Year (Destination Known), and Reserve Champion Advanced winner of the USEA
Adequan Gold Cup Series. Just this year alone, she competed at Red Hills
CIC***, The Fork CIC***, Rolex Kentucky, Jersey Fresh, Maui Jim CIC***, Richland
Park CIC***, Fair Hill, and even traveled abroad to compete at the FEI World
Cup Eventing Finals, and also to England for Blenheim CCI***.
Both Springer and Craig Thompson are active trainers in their area, working
with horses and riders of all ages and levels to ensure a safe, fun, and
educational eventing experience. Both of these riders' classic position and
strong fundamentals highlight their talent, poise, and partnership with their
Thompson has been involved with event horses all of his professional life,
first as a rider, then as a trainer and coach, and most recently as a course
designer and horse trials organizer. A gifted rider and trainer, he started the
careers of many talented event horses such as Kentucky and Burghley finisher
Sloopy, Pan American Games medalist Shared Dreams, and Radnor winner Nicki
Henley. Lately, Thompson has enjoyed a great deal of success with his advanced
horse, Orion, and several of his young horses as well. Last year, he introduced
the Aiken Event Horse Sale to the eventing community-a concept created to bring
together event horse sellers and buyers in one convenient, enjoyable setting.
Listen to Intriguing Lectures
Several valuable lectures will take place over the week, including a talk on
sports psychology with Abigail Lufkin, a four-star rider who started her career
with multiple medals at the North American Young Rider Championship, won top
ten finishes at international events, medalled at the Pan American Games,
competed at the World Championships, and was selected for a team spot on the
2000 Olympic Games. Lufkin began using sports psychology to enhance her own
performance in 1996 and worked with several Olympic caliber sports psychologists.
She also has a Masters degree in clinical psychotherapy and currently has a
sports psychology consulting practice in California.
Amy McElroy will share some great tips on judging dressage, and give you the
opportunity to practice your new "judging skills" during some demo
rides. McElroy is a USEF R judge, qualified to officiate at any USEF-recognized
show at all national dressage levels. She rides, trains and teaches at Fair
Lane Farm in Aiken and judges about a dozen dressage shows and events each year.
Be sure to check out the lecture on equine massage and acupressure with
Katylou Gray-your horse will thank you. You definitely don't want to miss
Canadian Equestrian Team's vet Dr. Christiana Ober, DVM's, talk on event horse
soundness. Some other fun topics that will be covered include show turnout, how
to jog your horse, and walking courses. Also chat with the riders and vets
about international travel, and be sure to ask Springer about her wet weekend
The camp is open to all levels-from beginner novice to advanced. There is a
minimum age of 13. Students under age 18 must be accompanied by a
parent/guardian. Have an eventing parent who would like to come learn as well?
Participants may bring one guest to audit lessons and presentations (for free).
Tickets are available for purchase to attend group dinners.
And speaking of dinners-two group dinners are included in the camp. Check
out everything that's included in this package: stabling and bedding, breakfast
and lunch daily, cross-country schooling fees, educational presentations, two
group dinners and coaching at Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials on February 7
(entry fees to this horse trials are not included).
The cost of the six-day camp is $1,350-a great deal for all the perks included
in this educational camp.Springer and Thompson will teach participants on the flat
and over fences,
including dressage, cross-country and show jumping. Lessons will be a
combination of privates, semi-privates and groups.Want some more details on the
facility, meals, directions, local
attractions, and lodging? Download a PDF for more information at www.craigthompsoneventing.com.
Check out this camp itinerary-rider evaluations, photo critiques,
semi-private jumping and dressage lessons, learn how to score dressage tests,
cross-country schooling, and more! Download a PDF at www.craigthompsoneventing.com/aikeneventingcamp/CampItinerary.pdf
for more information on the itinerary.
"Allison and I look forward bringing the skills, techniques, and
thinking that make us successful at the upper levels to bear on the needs of
all the students who attend the camp, no matter what level of competition they
are preparing to tackle. This means not just the skills in the tack that make
seeing a distance or riding a dressage test easier, but also the elements that
are so essential out of the tack. That's why we're so excited to have a top
vet, Christiana Ober, a top sports psychologist, Abigail Lufkin, and a top
equine massage therapist, Katylou Gray, and a top groom, all here during the
same week. We feel confident it will be a great learning experience for everyone,"
For more information, contact Sarah Heffron at email@example.com
or (631) 252-4892 before 7:00 p.m. and visit the Aiken Eventing Camp website at
for more details and forms.